Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Monday, August 3, 2015
GOP: " Lost at sea with terrible morale."
Take a walk on the angry side -- the right wing news sites and blogsphere (you'll have to find them yourselves, since I won't link to them here) -- and witness the roiling rage consuming their posts and comments. Witness their willingness to ride the Trump Clown Jalopy into the ditch of fatuity and despair, their willingness to believe that Trump is the real deal because he has ideas and "tells it like it is."
When asked in an interview what he would replace Obamacare with should he become president, Trump, like some oracle dispensing authoritative pronouncements and revelations, answered, "Something terrific," and his 24 percenters swooned: "Now that there's an awesomely specific idea! SOMETHING TERRIFIC!"
Seriously, that's just one sad example of how earnestly blind to Trump's chicanery his 24 percenters are and of how they ignore his feckless boast to take jobs back from Mexico and China, (countries where he has outsourced the manufacture of his clothing line), and of how he promises to put Americans back to work, while Trump himself has imported thousands of foreign workers who take jobs away from Americans.
While trying to figure out why Trump holds the 24 percenters in thrall by saying nothing of substance and offering no ideas on foreign or domestic policies, I found this explanation at Booman Tribune:
"...the right has been enduring a string of brutal defeats which have only been mitigated somewhat by their successes in the last two midterm elections. The Supreme Court just legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, which wasn’t what the right had in mind when they went to polls in droves in 2004 to pass anti-gay marriage initiatives and referendums.
We just normalized relations with Cuba and are talking about making an historic agreement with Iran. The Confederate Flag just lost its last semblance of official respectability. The Affordable Care Act survived its last serious legal challenge and is here to stay. And they’ve been badly discredited, too. Iraq didn’t go as planned. Gitmo didn’t go as planned. Torturing folks didn’t go as planned. Massive tax cuts and deregulation didn’t go as planned.
So, when you add all of this up, you have a movement that is completely lost at sea with terrible morale. And their prospects are even dimmer as the younger generations do not share their values or mourn the America that we’re leaving behind.
That's a whole lot of betrayals and disappointments for the Goopers to deal with.
No wonder they're attracted to someone who, instead of finding solutions to problems, entertains them with empty promises and facile sound-bites. For them, that's a lot easier than having to deal with the reality Booman Tribune so aptly describes.
It is no wonder that their news sites and blogs are awash in cynicism and anger, blaming their disappointments on everyone but themselves.